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Wind River Job Corps Nearing Reality

Wyoming Public Media

The final piece of the puzzle for a long-awaited Wind River Job Corps program has been found.  Management and Training Corporation of Utah has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Labor to operate the Wind River Job Corps Center.  

Job Corps trains students who come from families below the federal poverty level. Sandy Barton of the Fremont County Board for Cooperative Education Services has been working on the project for ten years and says the selection means that Wyoming’s first Job Corps will finally open.

"We are finally here and it is moving forward, we have an operator and they are going to be offering a lot of great jobs to individuals in Wyoming."

It will place a heavy emphasis on training low income students for the energy industry, but will also provide training for a range of jobs including accounting, diesel mechanics, construction, office administration, welding, and facilities maintenance.  

Barton said the operator also plans to hire local residents to work at the center. Barton said Fremont County residents are excited.

"Our office is being flooded with calls of how we get in touch with them, and how do we apply, do we get our resumes to you, so I think it just breathes new hope into our community."

Barton says the facility should begin taking students this summer or early fall. 

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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